May 12, 2011

U.S. retail sales rose for the 10th consecutive month in April, increasing 0.5% to $389.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

May 12, 2011

A consumer education campaign launched by the National Consumers League and the U.S. surgeon general has received support from the drug retailing industry.

May 12, 2011

A new congressional caucus will look for ways to educate the public and members of Congress on how to reduce the country’s healthcare costs with affordable medicines.

May 12, 2011

The Health Choices Coalition sent a letter to members of Congress, urging them to repeal legislation that limits coverage of over-the-counter medicines.

May 12, 2011

Patients with HIV who immediately started antiretroviral therapy significantly reduced the risk of spreading the virus to an uninfected partner, compared with those who delayed therapy, according to results of a multinational study. The study also found that antiretroviral therapy reduced the risk of transmission by 96%.

May 11, 2011

The American Pharmacists Association has published its white paper on risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, the group said.

May 11, 2011

Drugstore.com on Tuesday announced the expiration of the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to the proposed merger by which the company would be acquired by Walgreens in a cash transaction.

May 11, 2011

The National Consumers League and the U.S. surgeon general are launching a new campaign to educate patients about the risks of not properly taking their medications, the organization said.

May 11, 2011

A provider of simple and convenient online diagnosis and treatment of common health needs is broadening its reach.

May 10, 2011

The National Retail Federation announced that it is endorsing legislation that would repeal the employer mandate provision of last year’s healthcare-reform law.

May 6, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition earlier this week announced the launch of a microsite as part of its joint education campaign with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation.

May 5, 2011

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday announced plans to convert liquid pediatric acetaminophen products to just one concentration.

May 5, 2011

A major depressive disorder treatment made by Pfizer significantly reduced the number and severity of moderate-to-severe hot flashes in postmenopausal women, compared with placebo, according to a new study.

May 5, 2011

Sales during the month of April edged up for wholesalers Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club, the companies reported Thursday.

May 4, 2011

With the number of Americans with diabetes set to rise to 50 million by 2025, educating people is one of the most important steps for heading off the epidemic.

May 3, 2011

Mobile and social initiatives are becoming increasingly important to retailers.

May 2, 2011

Pharmacists in Utah and Ohio have won the 2011 Bowl of Hygeia awards from the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, the two organizations announced.

May 2, 2011

Supervalu customers that cash in their coins at in-store Coinstar kiosks can do so for free when they select the Supervalu gift card option, Coinstar announced.

April 29, 2011

Drugstore.com on Thursday posted a net sales increase of 16% to $128.4 million for its first quarter ended April 3.

April 28, 2011

Wholesaler Costco on Tuesday said its board of directors has approved a $4 billion share buyback program. The company also raised its quarterly dividend by 17% to 24 cents, up from 20.5 cents.

April 28, 2011

The Personal Care Products Council and the American Cleaning Institute have teamed up to launch a new website, FightGermsNow.com, to provide consumers, researchers and regulators information on antibacterial soaps and ingredients.

April 28, 2011

Pharmacy technicians certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board maximize their training experiences at the Department of Defense Military Education and Training Campus in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the PTCB said.

April 27, 2011

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting its second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend, the agency said.

April 26, 2011

An organization representing the nation's pharmacy benefit managers said that mail-service pharmacies are increasing the use of generic medications.